IUB Order Modifies Derecho Outage Reporting; Utilities to Provide Updated Restoration Data

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Damged electric transmission tower from Aug. 10 storm

Iowa Storm Restoration Information

An IUB order issued August 28 in Docket No. SPU-2020-0010 modifies the power outage reporting requirements from Iowa utilities and electric transmission companies based on the information the IUB had received since August 14 on the restoration of power due to the August 10 derecho. The IUB has determined that restoration is complete on the utility side of the meter for all but a certain number of Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy customers that require additional repairs to the customer-owned electrical equipment.

Alliant and MidAmerican are required to report each day by noon the number of customers, as of 5 p.m. the previous day, who did not have power because of those needed repairs. reporting will continue until all customers affected by the derecho have their power restored. The IUB appreciates the cooperation provided by the electric utilities. 

Review the data and updated spreadsheet here. 

Customers seeking information about recovery from the August 10 derecho can contact the IUB with utility issues, review a frequently asked questions document, call IOWA 211, or visit the State Disaster Recovery website for other resources. (See the August 19 news release.)

Previously, the IUB issued an order on August 14, 2020, that required specific data be filed by Iowa's investor-owned electric utilities, municipal and cooperative associations, and electric transmission company ITC Midwest, regarding up-to-date total numbers of customers still without power and the estimated time of total restoration resulting from the derecho. The affected utilities had filed the data twice daily to ensure updated information was available to all state agencies, local governmental agencies, and Iowans.

Additionally, the IUB issued an order on August 18 requesting the investor-owned utilities to report by August 20 the recovery resources utilized for the period of August 10 to August 20, 2020, as the IUB continued its examination of the aftermath of the derecho. The companies had reported the number of electrical line workers assigned to recovery efforts and the number of workers assigned to tree and debris removal, along with the name of each company that assisted, its state of origin, the dates work was performed, and the date the crew was released. 

For continuous outage and restoration data, visit the following utility websites:

Printed from the website on September 22, 2020 at 8:05am.